Before the spies lay down for the night, she went up on the roof19
and said to them, "I know that the LORD has given this land to you and that a great fear2 of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you.
We have heard how the LORD dried up3 the water of the Red Seaa for you when you came out of Egypt,4 and what you did to Sihon and Og,5 the two kings of the Amorites6 east of the Jordan,7 whom you completely destroyed.b811
When we heard of it, our hearts melted9 and everyone's courage failed10 because of you,11 for the LORD your God12 is God in heaven above and on the earth13 below.
Now then, please swear to me14 by the LORD that you will show kindness15 to my family, because I have shown kindness to you. Give me a sure sign1613
that you will spare the lives of my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all who belong to them,17 and that you will save us from death."
"Our lives for your lives!"18 the men assured her. "If you don't tell what we are doing, we will treat you kindly and faithfully19 when the LORD gives us the land."
So she let them down by a rope20 through the window,21 for the house she lived in was part of the city wall.
Now she had said to them, "Go to the hills22 so the pursuers23 will not find you. Hide yourselves there three days24 until they return, and then go on your way."2517
The men said to her, "This oath26 you made us swear will not be binding on us
unless, when we enter the land, you have tied this scarlet cord27 in the window28 through which you let us down, and unless you have brought your father and mother, your brothers and all your family29 into your house.
If anyone goes outside your house into the street, his blood will be on his own head;30 we will not be responsible. As for anyone who is in the house with you, his blood will be on our head31 if a hand is laid on him.
But if you tell what we are doing, we will be released from the oath you made us swear.32"
"Agreed," she replied. "Let it be as you say." So she sent them away and they departed. And she tied the scarlet cord33 in the window.34